A total of 23 militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including planners for the group, were “neutralized” in Syria’s north during the ongoing Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield, according to the Turkish military.
The Turkish Armed Forces said on Dec. 31 that Turkish jets destroyed 12 ISIL targets in al-Bab, Kabr al-Mukri, Bzagah, Tadif and abu-Jabbar along with 12 ISIL militants.
Other 11 militants were neutralized in ground clashes, the military said.
The operation focused on capturing al-Bab district of Syria, with intensified land and air attack, the statement said.
The statement added that on Dec. 31, a total of 172 ISIL positions had been targeted and besieged.
Again on Dec. 31, Turkish soldiers found the bodies of four ISIL militants while 4 hand-held radios, 3 Kalashnikovs (AK-47), a bixie machine gun, an RPG-7 and an armed vehicle were captured.
Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply that the person in question was either killed or captured.
source: Anadolu News Agency